Henri P Gavin

Henri P. Gavin

Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Henri Gavin's research interests are in the areas of structural dynamics, earthquake engineering, nonlinear dynamics, seismic hazard mitigation for building contents, system identification, the statistical characterization of environmental loads including wind and earthquake, and optimal control with application to systems with controllable damping. 

Dr. Gavin is the director of the Structural Dynamics and Seismic Response Control Laboratory.

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
  • Faculty Network Member of The Energy Initiative

Contact Information

Education

  • Ph.D. University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, 1994
  • M.Sc.Eng. University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, 1988
  • B.S.E. Princeton University, 1986

Research Interests

Structural dynamics, earthquake engineering, seismic hazard mitigation for building contents, nonlinear dynamics, system identification, optimal control with application to systems with controllable damping.

Specialties

Structural Engineering
Nonlinear Dynamics
Vibration
Nonlinear Systems
Alternative Energy
Adaptive Structures
Education, Engineering
Design

Awards, Honors, and Distinctions

  • Earl I Brown II Outstanding Civil Engineering Faculty Award. Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering. 2013
  • President's Award. New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering. 2010
  • Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award (ADUTA). Duke University. 2008
  • ASEE Southeast Mid-Career Teaching Award. American Society for Engineering Education. 2007
  • Klein Family Teaching Award. School of Engineering. 2006
  • Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize. American Society of Civil Engineers. 2005
  • Walter L. Huber Civil Engineering Research Prize. American Society of Civil Engineers. 2005
  • Japan Society for the Promotion of Sciences, fellowship. JSPS. 2002
  • Early CAREER award. National Science Foundation. 1996
  • Junior Faculty Enhancement Award. Oak Ridge Associated Universities. 1996
  • Packard Grant Finalist. Packard Foundation. 1996

Courses Taught

  • CEE 201L: Uncertainty Design and Optimization
  • CEE 491: Projects in Civil Engineering
  • CEE 494: Engineering Undergraduate Fellows Projects
  • CEE 541: Structural Dynamics
  • CEE 629: System Identification
  • ECE 590: Advanced Topics in Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • ECON 212: Engineering Systems Optimization and Economics
  • EGR 305: Engineering Systems Optimization and Economics
  • EGRMGMT 590: Advanced Topics in Engineering Management
  • ME 394: Engineering Undergraduate Fellows Projects
  • ME 491: Special Projects in Mechanical Engineering
  • ME 493: Engineering Undergraduate Fellows Projects
  • ME 494: Engineering Undergraduate Fellows Projects
  • MENG 550: Master of Engineering Internship/Project
  • MENG 551: Master of Engineering Internship/Project Assessment

Representative Publications

  • Harvey, PS; Gavin, HP, Assessment of a rolling isolation system using reduced order structural models, Engineering Structures, vol 99 (2015), pp. 708-725 [10.1016/j.engstruct.2015.05.022] [abs].
  • Rinker, JM; Gavin, HP, Subspace identification of a 5 MW reference wind turbine, Conference Proceedings of the Society for Experimental Mechanics Series, vol 10 (2015), pp. 23-29 [10.1007/978-3-319-15251-6_3] [abs].
  • Harvey, PS; Gavin, HP, Truly isotropic biaxial hysteresis with arbitrary knee sharpness, Earthquake Engineering and Structural Dynamics, vol 43 no. 13 (2014), pp. 2051-2057 [10.1002/eqe.2436] [abs].
  • Harvey, PS; Gavin, HP, Double rolling isolation systems: A mathematical model and experimental validation, International Journal of Non-Linear Mechanics, vol 61 (2014), pp. 80-92 [10.1016/j.ijnonlinmec.2014.01.011] [abs].
  • Harvey, PS; Gavin, HP; Scruggs, JT; Rinker, JM, Determining the physical limits on semi-active control performance: a tutorial, Structural Control and Health Monitoring Incorporating Progress in Structural Eng/Material, vol 21 no. 5 (2014), pp. 803-816 [10.1002/stc.1602] [abs].